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One Dead in Track Team Accident

October 14, 1998

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Two vehicles, both carrying members of a high school cross-country team, collided head on en route to a meet Wednesday, killing one person and seriously injuring three others.

One adult and six members of the Fairmont Senior boys team were headed to a league championship meet in Whitehall. The accident occurred on a nearby rural road at 3:30 p.m., an hour before the start of the meet, said Jay Urse, whose 15-year-old son, Jay, was injured.

Dozens of tearful relatives gathered in the emergency rooms at two hospitals where the victims were taken. The seven-team high school meet was canceled.

Fairmont Senior, last year’s Class AAA boys champions, was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state this year.

It was not immediately known why the vehicles were headed toward each other. Details of the accident were not immediately released by the Marion County sheriff’s department.

WBOY-TV of Clarksburg reported two students were ejected from one vehicle.

One victim was dead on arrival at Fairmont General Hospital in Fairmont, nursing supervisor Patty Bunner said. She would not say whether the person was a student or adult.

Three others were expected to be treated at the hospital and released, Mrs. Bunner said.

At Ruby Memorial Hospital, Randy Melgarejo, 17, was in critical condition Wednesday night. The younger Urse and Justin Underwood, 16, were in serious condition, a hospital official said.

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